Plot and structure
The plot structure of a novel is in the form of a pyramid: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution. The timing of such events can make a novel predictable and boring, or provocative and riveting. Amy Tan made deliberate choices about how to structure and pace the series of events to demonstrate the experiences of the four women. Newspaper articles also have a structure. Instead of the climax being at the end of the article, though, usually the climax is at the beginning. Newspaper articles often are written in an inverted-pyramid style. Look for three articles about people in the St. Petersburg Times. Map the structure of the articles, identifying how the details in the articles fit the parts of the plot structure. Compare the structure of one of these articles to the structure of one story in The Joy Luck Club.